The┬áCasablancas are an indie-punk band based in Manchester – and we this week gave their new EP Gin Joint a whirl.

They describe themselves as “just a group of skinny, teenage, white kids looking to make music for a laugh”.

The Casablancas sound like a raw, north west version of The Libertines, mixed with early Arctic Monkeys.

These lads are clearly inspired by the indie music of the early 2000s.

Heavy and catchy bass lines from Jack Goodison are a theme on Gin Joint, especially on the opening track Silhouette.

Lead vocalist Alex McInnes sounds a little like a sombre Pete Doherty, while lead guitarist Bill Jones plays Carl Barat inspired riffs throughout the EP.

Luke Rink holds it together on the drums and pis particularly impressive in keeping a quick tempo on Dirty Pretty Thing (another link you ask?)

In This Town (Carried Away) is by far the strongest song on Gin Joint and sounds like it could have plucked straight out of a Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not demo.

Keep at it lads.

For more information on The Casablancas visit their Facebook page here.